This port city has a rich history as a transportation hub and as a working-class town defined by its vibrant neighborhoods. Behind Ellis Island, Baltimore was the second largest port of entry for immigrants in the 19th century. Large Italian and German populations influence local cuisine and culture, among other ethnicities such as French, Czech, Greek, and Lithuanian, to name just a few.
In case the house specialties from these global influences aren’t enough to tempt you, Baltimore's cuisine also focuses on fresh seafood. Try blue crabs or crab cakes, peppered with B-More's signature seasoning. Visit Lexington Market, founded in 1782, to get fresh produce, delicious gyros, deli sandwiches, and fried food and even catch some live music. The hustle and bustle of the market might transport you in time; Baltimore is the only city in the U.S. where these produce sellers still call out their wares from their horse-drawn carts. These aromas, sights, and sounds show that Baltimore is a city that's proud of its history.
With no less than three designated arts and entertainment districts, you'll be sure to find a show that interests you. Check the schedules of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Hippodrome Theatre, or the Centerstage company. Get tickets to a concert, play, or dance performance. Fan of festivals? Check the city's calendar to see if your trip will coincide with the Artscape festival or the Baltimore Book Festival. No matter your interests, Baltimore has something to offer you.
From museums and historic sites to an award-winning food and drink scene, Baltimore can offer you memory-making experiences at every turn.